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Notes on journalism for the common good
by Lindsay Beyerstein

How our blog got its name

Sidney Hillman was a powerful national figure during the Great Depression, a key supporter of the New Deal, and a close ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

When the rumor spread that President Roosevelt ordered his party leaders to “clear it with Sidney” before announcing Harry S. Truman as his 1944 running mate, conservative critics turned on the phrase, trumpeting it as proof that the president was under the thumb of “Big Labor.”

Over the years, the phrase lost its sting and became a testament to Hillman's influence.

It's hard to imagine a labor leader wielding that kind clout today, but we like the idea—and we hope Sidney would give thumbs up to our blog.

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Nadia Sussman Accepts Hillman Prize for Social Justice Reporting


Nadia Sussman accepts the Sidney Hillman Prize for Social Justice Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's Awards for Excellence in Journalism banquet.

Sussman is a 2011 graduate of the CUNY J-School who was recognized as the student in her class with the highest commitment to excellence in social justice journalism. At CUNY she produced slideshows and web videos on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, day laborers in New York, and immigrant girls coping with the aftermath of female genital cutting. Sussman is currently a web video producer for the New York Times.

We at the Sidney Hillman Foundation congratulate Nadia on her achievements and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.


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